"A window into the past, many windows to the future"
The Teackle Mansion is the 200 year old former residence of Littleton Dennis Teackle and Elizabeth Upshur Teackle. The ne0-classical, 10,000 square foot American villa style house exhibits a grandiose plan that included formal spaces with decorative plaster finishes, an indoor bath, steam operated kitchen equipment (then unheard of modern conveniences in their day), and a wide range of elaborate furnishings.
The house exeeded most private residences of its day; only the wealthiest Eastern Shore gentry of the early nineteenth century could afford to build on such a scale. The Teackles lovingly called the property "Teackltonia" in order to distinguish it from Mr. Teackle's uncle's, John Dennis', Beckford estate next door.
The construction of this finely appointed mansion began in the spring of 1802 and was spread over a 17 year period culminating in a five part structure in 1819. The neo-classically inspired center section of the dwelling sits on an elevated foundation and showcases an intricately detailed front with a strictly symmetrical, temple-form facade. Decorative molded plaster tablets and carefully executed hand-carved woodwork enhance the Flemish bond exterior. the symmetrical exterior of the center section continues into the rooms of the first floor, especially the entrance hall and formal drawing room. In the drawing room, false windows fitted wit mirrored glass panes balance working windows, and blind doors and niches match working doors and open niches. A large master chamber suite included individual dressing rooms on either side of a marble bath intended for full body bathing, a rare luxury relatively unknown in earth 19th century America.